Former ruler of the lightweight division, Frankie Edgar, is coming off two decision fights with Jose Aldo and Benson Henderson. “The Answer” has also been considered by some to be “amongst the pound-for-pound best fighters on the planet,” but he has to get past Charles Oliveira on Saturday night when the two tangle in the UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman co-main event.
But Edgar was thinking more like fighting for five rounds on network television, he said in a recent interview with yahoo sports. His fight this weekend (JULY 6, 2013) is his first non-title bout since December 2009.
“I could go five rounds right now if I wanted to. That’s the only way I know. I want to fight in the main event and I want to go 25 minutes. That’s how I train and that’s how I want to do this sport. I wanted to fight on a television main event. That’s what I was pushing for, but sometimes the way things work out, you don’t get what you want. I want to stay active and keep fighting and this was the opportunity which was in front of me, so I took it.”
The former champ also admits that his opponent on Saturday is not an easy obstacle to overcome, saying he takes the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace seriously, and isn’t ignoring his submission ability.
As usual, fightline will have full fight results for Saturday’s entire Pay-Per-View fight card.